Renaming the Chapters of All Quiet . . .
If I had
to rename the chapters of All Quiet on the Western Front, this is what I would name them:
Ch. 1 – Iron Youth
2 – The Tragedy of Kemmerich
3 – Himmelstoss’ Humiliation
4 – Dead Protecting from Death
5 – Himmelstoss’ Return
6 – Life by Chance
7 – Alienation
8 – Runaway Thoughts
9 – The Unknowing Frenchman
Ch. 10 – Catholic Hospital
11 – Impatience with War
12 – Hope for a Better Tomorrow
– All Quiet on the Western Front
“Iron Youth” as the title for the first chapter because in it (the chapter), Paul and his friends discuss what
they learned while in training. One of the things they were taught is that they were Iron Youth and would lead their great
nation to victory.
2, I chose “The Tragedy of Kemmerich” as my title because the whole chapter talks about the misfortune of Paul’s
friends and comrades. However, Kemmerich is mainly talked about.
3, the men hear that a certain Corporal is coming to the front for inflicting too harsh a punishment on some privates. This
same Corporal tortured Tjaden during those days. The men recount an act they did that took place. “Revenge is black
pudding” as the men say.
4 talks a lot about life on the front. Towards the end of the chapter, the men are involved in a fight that takes place near/in
a graveyard. The men end up using the dead, already buried, to protect themselves from death. Ironic . . . yes.
Chapter 5 “Himmelstoss’ Return” because this is when Himmelstoss actually comes to the front and Paul and
his friend confront him again.
In Chapter 6, a couple lines really hit me hard. It being: “It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive
as that I might have been hit. I a bomb-proof dug-out I may be smashed to atoms and in the open
may survive ten hours’ bombardment unscathed. No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But
every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.” (pg. 101) I would be a believer too.
In Chapter 7, Paul is granted leave
to go home. When he goes home he realizes how much the war has changed him and his perspective of life. He also realizes that
all the years spent in a classroom are of no use to him on the front. He also realizes how clueless civilians are to what
is going on in the war. He understands that no one at home will ever understand what he has been through or will go through
in the months to come. He understands “Alienation”.
Chapter 8 deals a lot with Paul’s
thoughts after returning home. The whole chapter he tries and tries to suppress them so that he can stay sane. Hence, the
During Chapter 9, a poor unsuspecting
Frenchman jumps into Paul’s shell hole. Paul doesn’t want to be killed himself, so he stabs the Frenchman out
of fear. Paul then has to go through the scrutiny of watching the Frenchman die a slow, painful death. Paul is just about
mad as he crawls out to find his friends. Thus, the “Unknowing Frenchman” dies innocently.
the title “Catholic Hospital”
10 because Paul is hurt and is sent to a Catholic Hospital with Albert Kropp. There they learn the dealings
of the hospital and what goes on. While Paul heals, Kropp’s leg is amputated and he does not do so well. Paul returns
to the front, never knowing if he will see his dear friend Kropp again.
Chapter 11, all the men are growing restless and are sick of war. They just want the armistice to come and it
to be over and done with. All of them know they are loosing the war, and have “Impatience with War”.
Paul talks of his hopes and plans
for the future once the war is done in Chapter 12. He has “Hope for a Better Tomorrow” and wants the horrible
war to end.
The Epilogue tells of one thing: Paul’s
death. And apparently all that is mentioned in the journals of the military on the day that Paul died is “All Quiet
on the Western Front”.